What’s Forester really like? How does it drive? Get the inside story from owners and motoring press experts
Owned Subarus for over 20 years. Extremely reliable, comfortable and excellent in the snow. Found petrol a little thirsty so went for a diesel which is much more economical, however I do a lot of short journeys and combined with the age of the car and its mileage I had to have a new particulate filter which wasn't cheap. This aside I highly recommend the Subaru range - we had a Justy, 1800s, about three Legacys and currently run a Forester.
I have just purchased a Subaru Forester. I think that the car is brilliant. There is only one thing that I have to complain about. It's a pity that the seats are not as comfortable as the Outback seats. Subaru cars are so well made. I can't understand why there are not more to be seen on the road.
Outstanding service from Gavin at Ian Grieve Subaru in Falkirk. Faultless communications, a great deal and I was more than happy to drive the 250 miles to collect my new Subaru Forester XT which is frankly stunning. Many of the big name premium brands could learn a thing or two from this Company. Highly recommended.
Tough and practical SUV that can actually go off road if you need to.
This is my first Subaru (Forester) but I have driven 4x4s and Estates for decades. My overall impression is of a most comfortable and relaxing car to drive, and to be driven in (according to my wife). The ride over all road surfaces, and especially motorways, is really smooth and tranquil and I suspect a function of the suspension’s ability to tackle both tarmac and non-tarmac surfaces. It is therefore is one of the best I have ever driven. I also think the design engineers have done wonders with the in-cabin soundproofing. I find the interior controls all excellently laid out and intuitive to use, together with an impressive Starlink system, and the electronically adjustable driver’s seat is most comfortable. The diesel power unit is a delight and the CVT is brilliant. It has that distinctive boxer engine sound, and is certainly no slouch. Perhaps the only ‘downside’ is the lack of an audible reversing warning system, but then the reversing camera is excellent and I am getting used to it. Indeed I can, of course, always retrofit an additional system in the future should I consider the need. I will just have to give it time. In summary a most delightful and serene car to drive, and I am one very happy Subaru Forester owner…
The first day after I bought it my partner commented on how few Subarus are seen on the roads. He said "we have either bought a rubbish car or a brilliant one no one knows about". 2 weeks and nearly 1 thousand miles later I have to say the latter is true. I thought nothing could replace my Volvo Xc70, but my Hunter Forester does. It is a dream to drive and manoeuvre. Okay it's not the most attractive car to look at but I love it.
"The upgraded Forester offers better handling and improved refinement, generous interior space and cargo capacity, a commanding driving position and ease of entry and exit."
"This is a capable and attractive vehicle which has been nicely freshened-up – building on its strengths without taking away the things that made it a good car to start with."
"The Subaru Forester has been recognised in an independent poll by 50,000 UK car drivers and placed firmly in the Top 10 cars to own in the annual Driver Power survey."
"It may be more capable Off-Road than many of its rivals. It also holds a certain amount of mechanical interest value, as Subarus tend to do."
"Can Subarus still go Off-Road? Well yeah they clearly can, obviously some more extreme than others, and in that respect, the Forester is the Daddy!"
"Hugely reliable, pleasant to drive, spacious, comfortable and unpretentious."
Please check model specification for feature availability/details. Model shown may not reflect UK specification.